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Sumi Akhter was on the lookout for a skin lightening cream as she wanted to appear fairer at her sister's wedding just two weeks away. She found her desired product at a cosmetics shop in the capital's Hossainia Market. The Pakistan-made cream promised lighter skin tone in seven days. The college student had no idea […]

Toxic mercury poisoning the Amazon

Alongside the all-too-visible deforestation, the Amazon is facing an invisible but increasing threat from mercury pollution according to a new WWF report released today at the Second Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland. Healthy Rivers, Healthy People highlights the dangers mercury pollution poses across the Amazon and calls for urgent […]

New report calls for ‘urgent action’ over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers

A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).The second part of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Community Health Assessment Report — which focuses on children and youth — was released today at a media conference at Parliament […]

Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped?

On a crisp, sunny morning a couple of official vehicles, including a police car, pull into a quiet cul-de-sac in a seaside town. Officers get out and knock on the door of one of the houses, then proceed to search it: every cupboard is opened, every box. Old furniture is pulled out of the garage. […]

Ministry of Climate Change organises awareness seminar on mercury

The Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with United Nations Environment and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) organised an awareness seminar on mercury and its impacts on human health and the Pakistani environment. The Ministry of Climate Change with development partners is implementing a project on Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in Pakistan which is […]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury celebrates its first anniversary

One year ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds – came into force. Mercury is a natural element: it is found in the Earth’s crust and naturally released through volcanic activity and […]

Metal fillings ‘leak mercury after scan’

Metal dental fillings leak mercury if they are exposed to a new powerful type of medical scan, scientists have found. They studied the effect of ultra-high-strength MRI – the latest in scanning technology being introduced to several research hospitals in the UK. The study, in the journal Radiology, shows 20 minutes' exposure is enough to […]

‘Stop Poisoning Yourself’–Urged Students of Shahajpath School

An Awareness Raising Campaign was organized by Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO for the students of Sahajpath School on 10th April, 2018 at the school premises. The event was started at 11:30 am and continued to 2:30 pm. The aim of this campaign was to encourage the students to avoid products containing mercury and to […]

We are all at risk from poisonous mercury. It’s time to take action

Mercury is far more pervasive than most people realize, and we have no idea how many people are at risk. It can be found in everything from mascara and dental amalgam to thermometers and skin whitening creams – and that’s before it reaches the food chain. There is no safe level of exposure, and everyone is […]

New study reveals elevated levels of mercury in women of child bearing age in Pacific Island countries

A new study released on Wednesday April 19, 2017, supported by the Minamata Convention’s Interim Secretariat hosted by UN Environment reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies. Mercury monitoring  in women of childbearing age in the Asia and the Pacific Region, jointly […]

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